Event

“While we are well attired in beautiful school uniforms, there are children working right now on the hot soil with no footwear”

As part of a series of events being held to mark World Day Against Child Labour (June 12th, 2017), the Girl Guide Association and the ILO hosted a speech contest in Wattala for 20 female students from four zones of Gampaha district, to raise awareness on child labour in the country.

As part of a series of events being held to mark World Day Against Child Labour (June 12th, 2017), the Girl Guide Association and the ILO hosted a speech contest in Wattala for 17 female students from four zones of Gampaha district, to raise awareness on child labour in the country. Gampaha district lies on the outskirts of Colombo and is known to have the highest number of working children, totaling 9,997 children, comprising 9.6% of all working children nationwide.

Voices of children are powerful. Many of the contestants have argued, that as long as Sri Lanka cannot eliminate child labour and keep every child in school, the country cannot develop further. The winners of the competition will be awarded at an upcoming ILO event on the 22nd of June, 2017, that concludes the series of events to mark World Day Against Child Labour. The objective of the event is to raise awareness among children, parents, and authorities to prevent child labour and its worst forms in conflict and disaster situations in Sri Lanka. The event will consist of a number of activities, including a panel discussion by technical specialists from the government, civil society, and UN Agencies and stage performances. Policy makers, trade unions, employers, students, parents, development professionals from the UN organizations and NGOS are invited to enhance cooperation and policy advocacy around these pressing issues.